National Treasure #25: Gros Morne National Park

“The park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift,
where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed.” –

Interpretive guide at Gros Morne National Park
Parks Canada Buddy

Or, as buddy said, geologists go crazy, hopping back and forth, saying, “I’m on the crust, I’m on the mantle, I’m on the crust . . .”  Maybe geologists don’t get out enough.

We didn’t get to the place where we could hop from crust to mantle (and back again!  Maybe next time, by helicopter!), but we did see the eponymous mountain . . .

Gros Morne mountain on horizon; spruce forest in foreground.
Gros Morne Mountain

We did see Green Point, where the youngest rock is on the left (yes, the left) . . .

Upthrust sedimentary rock
Green Point, Newfoundland

And we did sail up to the end of Western Brook Pond–a now-landlocked fjord–on a dark and stormy day . . .

Fjord-like scene in western Newfoundland.
Western Brook Pond


September weather notwithstanding, it’s a world heritage site, and one of our many splendours.

This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.


  1. Jim Taylor

    We went to Gros Morne in May, before the boat started its runs up and down the lake. And Lanse au Meadows (however it’s spelled) wasn’t open yet. And Joan’s hips weren’t up to climbing onto that primordial tableland. But we saw more moose than I have ever seen gathered into one place before. And despite the disappointments, I have to agree — Gros Morne is a national treasure.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Jim – And I didn’t even mention the locals, who are a treasure in and of themselves! As for the moose, we saw one or two at great distances the week we were there. Then we left our B&B at 6:00 AM to drive back to Deer Lake for our flight, and saw 26 moose in the 25 kms out to the main highway. It’s all in the timing.

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Judith – I have no feel for how strenuous it would be, but you could be right. Better to be sitting in the bus, pining a bit for the hike, than to be hiking and wishing you weren’t.

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